Wild Horse Equestrian Campground

San Bernardino National Forest


Barton Flats


Wild Horse Equestrian  Campground, San Bernardino National Forest, CA

Wild Horse Equestrian Campground

San Bernardino National Forest
Attractions and Activities

Campers at Wild Horse Equestrian Campground can reach many of the national forest's great attractions with only a short hike or drive.

  • Find good fishing for bass, catfish, bluegill, and rainbow trout at nearby Jenks Lake.
  • Take advantage of the Jenks Lake Day Use Area with restrooms, picnic sites, shore and dock fishing, and hiking.
  • Tour the Barton Flats Visitor Center and join nature walks, interpretive programs, and a popular astronomy program. Attend the annual Forest Festival held in mid-August.
  • Pick fresh apples in the fall at nearby Stenson Creek Ranch.
  • Make the half-hour drive to Big Bear Lake and take advantage of boat rentals and get out on the lake for fishing, wakeboarding, and waterskiing.
  • Paddle along the lake's shoreline by paddleboard, canoe, or kayak.
  • Learn about everything around the Big Bear Lake area at the Big Bear Discovery Center
  • Enjoy excellent mountain biking and road cycling opportunities in the area.
  • In the summer Snow Summit has scenic Sky Chairlift rides, sight-seeing, hiking, mountain biking, and golf.
  • Get some thrills at the Alpine Slide. They offer an alpine slide, a water slide, go-karts, and miniature golf.
  • Saddle up for trail rides at Baldwin Lake Stables.
  • Tour the interesting Big Bear Historical Museum.
  • Play a set or two of tennis or a round of golf.
  • For even more excitement, head out to Action Zipline Tours.

Key Wild Horse Equestrian Campground Regulations

  1. Campers at equestrian sites must have horses in order to camp there.
  2. Campfires are only permitted in provided fire rings.
  3. Quiet Hours extend from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM.
  4. Dogs are required to be on leash and always attended.
  5. Avoid problems with bears by securing food in your trunk or RV. Use bear-boxes if available.
  6. Help prevent the spread of invasive insects by obtaining firewood locally.

Wild Horse Equestrian Campground

Wild Horse Equestrian Campground sits in the San Bernardino National Forest about 41 miles east of the city of San Bernardino. Horseback riders can explore wonderful trails leading south into the San Gorgonio Wilderness and along the Santa Ana River Trail. Campers can also find good fishing and non-motorized boating at nearby Jenks Lake.

The turnoff to the campground along Highway 38 is unmarked. Look for the road 2.8 miles east of South Fork Campground.

Wild Horse Equestrian Campground has 11 campsites for up to 8 or 16 people with horses. Included at the camp are 30 single-horse corrals, each 12 feet by 12 feet. Single sites accommodate a maximum of two horses and maximum of two corrals per site. Corral(s) will be assigned by the campground host upon your arrival. The campground has a group fire ring, horseshoe pits, a horse-watering station, hitching racks, and a horse-mounting area for visitors needing assistance. Soaring pine trees provide shade for campers. Parking is limited. The campground requires a 2-day minimum stay on weekends and 3 days on holiday weekends.

Wild Horse Equestrian Campground neighbors Heart Bar Equestrian Group Campground which can accommodate a group of up to 65 people with horses.

Wild Horse Equestrian Campground Basics
Wild Horse Equestrian Campground Location: 34 miles northeast of Redlands off Highway 38
Elevation: 7,000 feet
Mileage/Driving Time: Redlands - 34 miles; 53 minutes
Big Bear Lake - 21 miles; 31 minutes
Number of Campsites: 11
Open - Closed: Mid-May - late September
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
3 double sites for up to 16
Vehicles per Site: 2
Pets: On leash, always attended
Big Bear Discovery Center: (909) 382-2790

Reservations for Wild Horse Equestrian Campground
Reservations available: Reservations are available whenever campground is open, from 24 hours to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 22 feet
Accessible Sites: Accessible restrooms and some campsites (although none are designated)
Favorite Sites: #5 and 6
Reservations: Wild Horse Equestrian Campground Reservations
Fees: Single sites - $29 per night ($31 on holiday weekends)
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Wild Horse Equestrian Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic tables, fire ring with grill, no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water
Showers: Yes
Dump station: No, available at Heart Bar Family Campground
Attractions near Wild Horse Equestrian Campground: Ride the Wildhorse Creek Trail which leads to a remote camping area south of Wildhorse Meadow. Ride along the Santa Ana River Trail. Connect to the Pacific Crest Trail for an extended trail ride. Enjoy non-motorized boating at Jenks Lake. Fish at Jenks Lake for bass, bluegill, sunfish, and catfish. Drive up to Big Bear Lake for boating, waterskiing, fishing, and hiking.

Wild Horse Equestrian  Campground, San Bernardino National Forest, CA

Wild Horse Equestrian Campground

General Camping Information

Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the reservation site when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.

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